Friday, April 12, 2019

Review - Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Skyward (Skyward, #1)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Pages: 528
Publisher: Gollancz
Release Date: 6th November 2018

Blurb from Goodreads:

Spensa's world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity's only defense is to take to their ships and fight the enemy in the skies. Pilots have become the heroes of what's left of the human race. 
Spensa has always dreamed of being one of them; of soaring above Earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father's - a pilot who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, placing Spensa's chances of attending flight school somewhere between slim and none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, but she is still determined to fly. And the Krell just made that a possibility. They've doubled their fleet, making Spensa's world twice as dangerous . . . but their desperation to survive might just take her skyward . . .

My Review:
*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley*

Spensa's ancestors came to the planet of Detritus while escaping an alien race called the Krell.
Ever since, the survivors have been struggling to defend their new home and pilots have become heroes.
Spensa has always dreamed of being a pilot, but she is the daughter of the only pilot to flee a battle, something that she is never allowed to forget.
Can Spensa achieve her dream of becoming a pilot?
Can the inhabitants of Detritus win against the Krell?

Skyward was my first Brandon Sanderson book and, after hearing so much praise for his books, I'm very disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more.
I liked Spensa overall but there were times when she was very juvenile - although I think this was probably a defence mechanism.
My favourite character was M-Bot the talking spaceship. I would like to find out more about where/when M-Bot came from.
I found the setting interesting, especially the debris that formed a protective layer around the planet.
I feel like Skyward could have been a lot shorter. I know that this is the first book in a series so it was setting up the series, but not much really happened. Some of the cadet training was a bit repetitive. The twist at the end was interesting but I'm not sure if I'll read the next book.
I liked the writing style and I do want to try another Brandon Sanderson book.

Overall this was an enjoyable but disappointing read.


  1. Great review! I've been really curious about this one and have heard good things about it. It is a bit frustrating when books seem too long or things end up repetitive.